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It has been great to have two weeks together, particularly preparing the new group of apprentices as they go out into challenging mission placements all over Kenya (and beyond). Second Timothy was one of our main texts for the fortnight and our expositors drew out very clearly for us that what the Lord is seeking is not creativity but faithfulness.

We don’t need to invent a clever new strategy to guard and propagate the gospel. We just need to implement the divine strategy we have been given:

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will be able to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2)

And we don’t need to scratch our heads wondering what to preach. We have been commanded:

Preach the Word (2 Tim. 4:2)

As Martin Luther put it, we are to be captive to the Word of God. Charles Simeon put that into practice in his long expository ministry:

I have a great jealousy on this head;
never to speak more or less
than I believe to be the mind of the Spirit
in the passage I am expounding.

Ever-faithful Lord, please give us faithfulness.

Apprentice resources and links from this MTC:

2nd years and January cohort:

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